Visibility: On Muslim Women in Performance Arts

Sarah Musa performing. [Source].

This post was written by guest contributor Rana Nazzal. I had the honour of speaking with three local Ottawa artists about their identity as Muslim women in relation to performance arts. A few years ago, I noticed a dramatic increase in the presence of Muslim women on stages in Ottawa, particularly in the fields of spoken word and slam poetry. I found their presence both welcoming and encouraging in a scene that may have otherwise been uncomfortable for myself and other Muslim … [Read more...]